22nd annual rankings recognize hospitals in 94 metro areas and 16 specialties
The Nebraska Medical Center has been ranked in nine specialties, more than any other hospital in the area, in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. The specialties that qualify as “high performing” according to the publication include cancer, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
“This recognition reflects the continued commitment of our entire staff to provide extraordinary care to patients dealing with a wide variety of medical challenges; from routine illnesses to the most serious types of cancer or neurological conditions,” said Glenn Fosdick, FACHE, president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center.
Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, a sister institution of The Nebraska Medical Center, also had a very strong showing in the report, ranking as the 38th best hospital in the country for orthopaedics. It’s the second straight year that NOH has been nationally ranked.
The rankings have been published annually by U.S. News for the past 22 years. They will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.